Computing

Computing

Computing is an exciting subject where students explore computer hardware, software and networks, including games and mobile app development, website design and HTML, visual and textual programming. Students will learn about digital literacy, E-Safety, new technologies and cloud based technologies. Students will study the following topics:

Year 7

E-Safety.

 Kodu.

 Graphics

 Spreadsheets and Modelling.

 Desktop publishing.

Year 8

Microbit programming

 Animation

 Graphics.

 Computer Hardware

 Databases

Year 9

Python Programming

 Video Editing

 Interactive Web Design

 Thematic Project

Students start on their KS4 work after Christmas in year 9.

KS4

At Key Stage 4 all students in Year 11 complete CiDA. This has two components; the board set Controlled Assessment, in which students have to demonstrate a variety of graphical skills based around a project set yearly, reflecting skills required in a modern day society.

The second component is an externally assessed exam which requires students to create a website to a given specification.

Current year 10 students will be completing the BTEC Tech in Digital Information Technology which focuses on User Interfaces, Data Handling and Cyber Security.

Extra Curricular Activities

Computer club runs on a weekly basis where students look at games programming, experiment with BBC Micro bits, raspberry pi’s and .net gadgeteer and more.

Our STEM project runs on Friday’s after school to design, build and program an unmanned quadcopter and these students are given the opportunity to work with CAD packages and coding. The

STEM club also enters the Lego robotic challenge every year, building and programming robots to undertake a series of challenges.

Coursework support runs every week to provide students the opportunity to further improve their skills and fully understand the requirements of the coursework requirements